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Things to do on a Cold Day in Huntington County

Baby, it's cold outside, but there are still so many opportunities to have fun in Huntington County during the cooler months. Here are some enjoyable things for everyone to do as the temps go down.

Let your inner artist shine.

a. Board and Brush in the town of Roanoke has plenty of sessions for you to make your own personalized art piece for your home or a gift. Choose from open studio time where you can pick a design or one with a set project. Sign up at their website.

b. Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center in Downtown Huntington you can rent out a studio or take a class/workshop. They also have an art exhibit you can come and view. Rent spaces on their website.

c. Lynnlee's Flower and Design in the town of Roanoke has plants, gifts, and a creative studio. They also have various workshops such as glass design, wreaths and centerpiece design.

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Come out and explore nature.

a. The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services office at Salamonie Lake is a great place to head on a cold day, plus gate fees are waived for colder months beginning around the end of October through end of March. Get up close with many different species of wildlife that are native to the area including, fish, frogs, snakes, and raptors. Spend some time in the bird/wildlife viewing area which is always teeming with animals. Shop at the Otter Run Tradin' Post. The interpretive website for details and winter hours. Check out their website.

b. LC Nature Park sign up for a tour or check out their schedules for public tours seeing herds of bison and elk. Take a nature hike on their trails. Reservations only. See their website for more details.


Warm up at one of our coffee shops in the area.

Nothing feels better on a cold day than a great cup of coffee. While we know you can grab a cup of coffee at most restaurants, these places offer more of a "coffee shop" feel.

a. Cafe of Hope is located inside of the Life Church at 900 E. State St. in Huntington and open to the public. This is a great place for meetings and they offer sandwiches, bagels and snacks as well. WiFi is available.

b. JJ. Java is located at 2840 Guilford St. in Huntington. They are a full-service coffee shop (featuring Hubbard and Cravens coffee) with breakfast/snack items. The shop is bright and cozy. WiFi available.

c. Moose and Mollies Cafe in Roanoke on 147 E. 2nd St. is as charming as it gets. Not only do they serve up a wide range of coffee drinks, but they have a selection of breakfast baked goods and a lunch menu featuring sandwiches, salads and soups. We won't mention the big case of gelato flavors.. we'll just leave that there.

d. Party Shop Coffee and Confections is a long-time favorite for coffee drinks in Downtown Huntington at 413 N. Jefferson St. Grab a seat and hang out - you might see a few folks you know. Feel free to grab a few chocolates while you are there too. WiFi available.

e. Son-Rise Bakery is Downtown Warren is a full-service bakery but has recently added pumpkin spice lattes, peppermint and white chocolate mochas and caramel macchiatos. They have breakfast sandwiches and amazing cinnamon rolls. WiFi available.

f. HG Market on Vine is one part coffee shop and one part boutique. Grab a latte and a muffin, then check out their ever-changing selection of home decor products, gifts, jewelry, artwork, boutique clothing and more. You'll be just as hooked on this shop as you are the caffeine!

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Get out and see a movie with your friends.

There are some great movies out in theaters right now and the GQT Huntington 7 has the popcorn ready for you. The theater is located at 350 Hauenstein Road.

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Take the time to visit one of the museums in the county.

a. Visit the Quayle Vice-Presidential Learning Center and brush up on your vice presidential history. For history lovers there is campaign memorabilia, photographs, and personal items - you'll find something from every vice president. Located at 815 Warren St. in Huntington.

b. Take an afternoon to venture into the fascinating past of Huntington County at the Huntington County Historical Museum. Displays include the Erie Railroad, photos, famous people, historic buildings, military memorabilia and tons more. Located at 315 Court St. in Huntington.

c. Forks of the Wabash Historical Park - travel through time and learn about the historic Forks of the Wabash. Discover pieces of the past while visiting the Richardville, Nuck House, Schoolhouse, and French Trading Post. Book a private tour (small fee charged) by calling a few days in advance 60-356-1903.

d. Roanoke Area Heritage Center learn about Roanoke's past including the Wabash and Erie Canal and Kil-So-Quah. Open 11-2 Saturdays April through November or call 260-672-3252 for an appointment.

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